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Lakers vs. Trail Blazers odds, line: 2021 NBA picks, Dec. 31 prediction from proven computer model

The Los Angeles Lakers will take on the Portland Trail Blazers at 10:30 p.m. ET on Friday at Arena. Los Angeles is 17-19 overall and 10-10 at home, while Portland is 13-21 overall and 2-12 on the road. The Lakers have now lost six of their last seven games after falling to Memphis on Wednesday. 

Los Angeles is favored by 5.5 points in the latest Lakers vs. Blazers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under is set at 227. Before entering any Trail Blazers vs. Lakers picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three-plus seasons. The model enters Week 11 of the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 48-24 roll on all top-rated NBA picks, returning almost $2,000. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Lakers vs. Trail Blazers. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines for Blazers vs. Lakers:

  • Lakers vs. Trail Blazers spread: Lakers -5.5
  • Lakers vs. Trail Blazers over-under: 227 points

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What you need to know about the Lakers

Los Angeles has now dropped six of its last seven games following a 104-99 setback in Memphis on Wednesday. LeBron James poured in 37 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, but it was not enough to beat the Grizzlies. Guard Russell Westbrook recorded a triple-double with 16 points, 12 assists and 10 boards, but Los Angeles was held to just 16 points in the fourth quarter. 

The Lakers also turned the ball over 18 times, so they will be looking for a cleaner performance on Friday. They are currently without Anthony Davis, who is averaging 23.3 points and 9.9 rebounds, due to a sprained MCL. Trevor Ariza (reconditioning) and Avery Bradley (head) are listed as questionable. Los Angeles has only covered the spread twice in its last nine home games. 

What you need to know about the Trail Blazers

Portland stumbles into this game as well, having dropped 10 of its last 12 contests. The Trail Blazers are on a three-game losing streak following a 120-105 setback against Utah on Wednesday. They are without multiple players due to the NBA’s health and safety protocol, including Jusuf Nurkic, Robert Covington, Anfernee Simons and Cody Zeller

Head coach Chauncey Billups also missed both games earlier this week due to protocols. The Trail Blazers have already been without star guard CJ McCollum, who has been sidelined since Dec. 6 due to a collapsed lung. Portland has struggled on the defensive end of the court, allowing the highest shooting percentage in the league.

How to make Lakers vs. Trail Blazers picks

The model has simulated Lakers vs. Trail Blazers 10,000 times and the results are in. We can tell you that the model is leaning Over, and it’s also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in almost 70 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Trail Blazers vs. Lakers? And which side covers almost 70 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to find out, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks. 

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